Antique Cigar Box with Silver Guilloche Pattern from the 1930s
A premium antique offering. This silver plated cigar box has a barleycorn engine turned guilloche patterned top with a central untouched cartouche. These silver cigar/cigarette cases were chic in the United States during the "Mad Men" era of the 50s and 60s. However, the trend started in Europe as early as the 1920s. By the 1930s the great silversmiths across Europe produced many complex and beautiful variations. The extended feet at the four corners of this box are specific to production in the 1930s and early 1940s. Finding an original cigar box without a monogram on the central cartouche is very rare. The rareness and collectibility is increased as this particular box has its original wood lining and removable divider (it was common practice to remove the wood and keep the silver box as a display). Two stamps underneath the box indicate England as the country of origin and EMU as the Brand. This over 90 year old antique is in very good condition. It retains it original silver plate and engine turned patterned. The metal has signs of aging with light scratches but no dents, pitting, rust, or cracks from metal fatigue. The lid hinge works perfectly and when closed the lid maintains a snug seal. Its dimensions are 13.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm in silver plated metal, E.P.N.S, English stamps, and a weighs some 295 grams.
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